By Charlie Bonkowsky
What will happen in 10,000 years? What will the Earth look like? What will human civilization look like?
By Eleanor Lin
Today, thanks to mandatory screenings, people are able to safely receive life-saving blood transfusions to replenish blood loss from traumatic injuries. That was not the case in 1667: the first documented blood transfusions to humans went horribly wrong, resulting in two deaths. Unbeknownst to physicians at the time, it is extremely dangerous to transfer blood from one person to another without checking to make sure that their blood types match, and that the donor's blood does not carry any pathogens (i.e. harmful particles such as viruses). If the donor's blood type does not match the recipient's, it could trigger a fatal immune response in the recipient; if pathogens are present in the donor's blood, they could create serious disease.
By Ellen Alt
Cabin fever and lockdown: we’re all sick of it. For those of us still locked inside our homes and following social distancing guidelines, the daily quarantine routine has become old, causing anxiety and desire for a quick resolution, which many have projected onto vaccines for COVID-19. The vaccination rollout and eventual endpoint of herd immunity has characterized a timeline of return to normal life, where vaccinated people will be resistant to contracting the coronavirus with newly developed antibodies. Although the FDA-approved Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been distributed to about 10 percent of Americans so far, returning to normal will take longer than just the point at which we achieve herd immunity. Most people believe the vaccine will just end the virus since it is a tangible quick resolution to this seemingly unending pandemic. Although the vaccine will not be the panacea to the pandemic, the vaccine is our best hope for minimizing further sickness and death and a return to normal life for those not currently on the front lines.
By Angel Latt
Love is in the air, but so are midterms. And we’re all likely experiencing the all-too-common feeling of having “butterflies in your stomach.” Whether it’s from a romantic attraction to someone, nerves from taking a test, or stage fright, it is the unsettling sense that occurs in the pits of our stomachs and follows with various symptoms. Your heart starts beating rapidly like it’s about to fall out of your chest. You feel nauseous and sweaty. Your mouth might go dry, and your hands are cold and trembling. A tight and uncomfortable feeling coils around your chest. These are all common trigger signs of your body entering fight-or-flight mode.
By Angela Mu
Photosynthesis, the ability of plants to create their own food from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, evolved very early on in Earth’s history. During photosynthesis, a green, light-absorbing pigment called chlorophyll captures energy from sunlight and converts it into chemical energy. This energy is used to assemble glucose from the collected carbon dioxide and remove electrons from water in order to produce oxygen as a byproduct. Though photosynthesis is perhaps one of the earliest scientific concepts introduced in school, many scientists have turned towards this natural phenomenon when devising innovative ways of harnessing renewable energy.
By Angela Mu
When you think of traditional Chinese medicine, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is acupuncture, a method used to treat a wide variety of health conditions—the most common being pain treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine is an approach to human health that has been in practice for more than 3,000 years. Unlike Western medicine, which focuses on using the chemical properties of synthetic substances to treat illnesses, traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes a holistic approach to health and uses natural herbal products—among other techniques—to restore health, harmony, and balance in the body.
By Kevin Wang
On the surface, the workings of the brain appear to be a mystery. Its system of neurons constantly takes in information from our surroundings to somehow produce our thoughts, emotions, and cognition. This process seems unfathomable—even magical. As we look closer, though, a clearer picture begins to form.
By Yilyn Chen
With winter in full swing, the circumstances of the pandemic have left us with no choice but to embrace the cold, frigid weather. Finding indoor places to exercise have become more difficult, as numerous gyms have closed or are running at limited capacity. But we still have one obvious option: braving the cold! The outdoors has become our best and safest option to socially distance from others, while still allowing us to fit in a workout and maybe even follow a slight semblance of a normal routine.
By Michelle Lu
In January of 2021, GameStop’s market value increased from $2 billion to over $24 billion in a matter of days. Its shares rose over 1,700 percent in January compared to December 2020, though in February it plunged by over 80 percent. GameStop’s trading mania was sparked by members of a popular Reddit investing community who said they hoped to strike back against the Wall Street elites who had long dismissed them as “dumb money.” In the fallout of Gamestop’s rise and fall, many major hedge funds and retail investors have taken a great loss. Meanwhile, though, a third player that represents about 50 percent of trading in US equity markets, has consistently made profits throughout this entire duration—High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms.
By Tanisha Jhaveri
We've probably all noticed an involuntary increase in our use of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social media is a cause for concern, not only for the many harms of excessive screen time, but also for the content on these platforms, which, especially around sensitive issues like mental illness, should warrant caution. While social media gives us a useful way to express ourselves, mental illness is often romanticized on platforms such as Tumblr and Instagram through phrases or images that portray it as something aesthetic and beautiful.